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Adrian Johns on the Cultural Origins of the Printing Revolution: a TRB Podcast

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In this talk, “The Cultural Origins of the Printing Revolution,” celebrated book historian Adrian Johns reveals his transformative view of Gutenberg’s origins and impact and offers a “novel account of what remains one of the most resonant episodes in Western history.” The Toronto Centre for the Book presented this Jackson Lecture on October 3rd, 2013, in association...

TRB Podcast: John Bonnett on “Harold Innis, Information Management and the Topographical Revolution in Communication”

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On January 24, the Toronto Centre for the Book invited Dr. John Bonnett to deliver his lecture, entitled “Harold Innis, Information Management and the Topographical Revolution in Communication.” The third speaker in the 2012-2013 TCB Lecture Series, Dr. John Bonnett’s lecture addresses Innis’ preoccupation with the concept of information. Like his contemporaries Norbert...

TRB Podcast: James Danky on the Future of Print

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On November 15, the Toronto Centre for the Book and the Centre for the Study of the United States invited Professor James Danky to deliver his lecture entitled “Protest on the Page and the Future of Print, Lecture in Two Parts.” Listen and enjoy! Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to...

TRB Podcast: William St Clair’s “Image and Word: Towards a Political Economy of Book Illustration”

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On October 3rd, the Toronto Centre for the Book together with the Friends of Victoria Library invited Professor William St Clair to give the inaugural J.R. de Jackson Lecture for the 2012 Book History and Print Culture Lecture Series. In this lecture, titled “Image and Word: Towards a Political Economy of Book Illustration,” Prof. St Clair explores how the changing political economy...

TRB Podcast: Robert Darnton and the Digital Public Library of America

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Listen here: Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser. It’s always a pleasure when a favourite author turns out to be as charismatic and compelling in person as they are in print. That was my experience recently going to see Robert Darnton, University...

TRB Podcast: Bonnie Mak at the TRB’s e-Reading Symposium

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On March 31, Bonnie Mak delivered the keynote address at the TRB’s e-Reading Symposium, presented in collaboration with U of T’s Book History and Print Culture program and the Toronto Centre for the Book. Her lecture, entitled “Reading the ‘E’ in E-Reading,” examines the impact of new technologies on reader engagement and the future of the book. Listen and...

TRB Podcast: Deidre Lynch on the Culture of Scrap-books in the Georgian Period

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Listen here: Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser. On March 22, Professor Deidre Lynch delivered a lecture as part of the Book History and Print Culture Lecture Series at the University of Toronto. Following is an excerpt from the U of T press release on...

TRB Podcast: Polar Imprints: Book Historian Hester Blum at the University of Toronto

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Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser. On November 17 as part of the Toronto Centre for the Book lecture series, and in Association with the Centre for the Study of the United States, Hester Blum (Penn State University) spoke on “Polar Imprints”: Narratives...

TRB Podcast: Bill Sherman at the University of Toronto

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On September 23, 2011, Bill Sherman, Professor of English and Director of the Centre for Renaissance & Early Modern Studies at the University of York, spoke at the Toronto Centre for the Book lecture series. His talk was entitled “The Reader’s Eye: Between Annotation and Illustration.” Listen here! Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip...

Samizdat: Material Texts and Extra-Gutenberg Publics

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On January 20, 2011, University of Toronto Professor Ann Komaromi spoke in the Toronto Centre for the Book lecture series on “Samizdat: Material Texts and Extra-Gutenberg Publics.” (Samizdat is a form of grassroots and DIY publishing that circulated dissenting texts in Soviet Europe.) Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the...

Klausen on the Danish Cartoons

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On February 11, 2011, Brandeis Professor Jytte Klausen gave a retrospective on “Al Qaeda’s War on the Danish Cartoons” at the University of Toronto Political Science Department.
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